If I was advising an up-and-coming student who wants to get into IT, the two areas I'd recommend as career paths would be robotics and programming robots, or cybersecurity.
There is a huge shortfall in the demand for and availability of trained cybersecurity professionals. A new website that tracks both aspects of this career path is www.cyberseek.org.
This is billed as a place to go for students, employers, educators and career counselors, job seekers and policy makers. Check it out and provide the link to people you know in the biz of cybersecurity, or wanting to be in the business of cybersecurity.